Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Plymouth Albion could be boosted by return of former Bristol forward Iain Grieve

bristoPLYMOUTH Albion back-row forward Iain Grieve should be fit to face his former club Bristol on Saturday in a crucial Championship match (3pm).

Grieve has missed Albion’s last two league games against the Cornish Pirates and Yorkshire Carnegie after suffering a head injury against Worcester Warriors.

However, he has returned to training this week and the club are hopeful he will be okay to play this Saturday.

It would be a boost for the league’s bottom club if he was fit as fellow back-rowers Sam Simmonds, Rob Langley and Herbie Stupple are still out injured.

“Iain Grieve is back in training and I would imagine he will be in contention,” said Albion’s director of rugby Graham Dawe. “It would be a great to have someone of his experience and knowledge of Bristol available.”

Winger Pete Homan has also returned to training this week. The former Rotherham man did his first full session for three months on Tuesday after suffering knee and hip injuries guesting for Clifton on January 10.

Homan’s last appearance for Albion came against Bristol on New Year’s Day, however, this weekend might come too early for him.

Saturday’s match against promotion-hopefuls Bristol is one Albion need to win. If they don’t and Moseley were to beat Bedford away then Plymouth’s 13-year stay in English rugby’s second tier will come to an end.

Albion are hoping for a good crowd for the vital fixture and are planning a number of activities on the day. Tickets for the match are available at


Leave a Reply